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Forty-eight people missing or kidnapped since start of protests in Iraq: human rights commission

As many as 48 people are missing since October when the anti-government protests started in Baghdad and the southern provinces, said a member of the commission for human rights on Monday (December 16)


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Pentagon chief urges Iraq to stop attacks on bases housing US forces

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday (December 16) urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to take steps to prevent bases housing US troops from being shelled, a statement from the premier


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President Salih asks for determination on largest parliamentary bloc

President Barham Salih has asked Speaker of the Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbusi to formally determine the largest parliamentary bloc as part of the constitutional process for determinin


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Activist shot dead, another wounded in Baghdad: reports

Armed men have shot dead an Iraqi activist who had been participating in anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraqi media reported.


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Director of education in Sinjar missing, says source

The director of education in Sinjar has been missing for several days, a source told NRT on Sunday (December 15).


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Security forces arrest five over killing in al-Wathba Square: ministry

The federal Ministry of Interior said on Sunday (December 15) that the security forces had arrested five suspects in the grisly death of a teenager in Baghdad last week.


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Two federal policemen killed in ISIS attack in western Kirkuk: reporter

Two members of Iraqi federal police were killed in an Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Kirkuk province on Sunday (December 15), NRT reporter said.


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10,500 people with graduate degrees unemployed in Iraq: MP

Council of Representatives lawmaker Rebwar Karim said on Saturday (December 14) that there are 10,500 people in Iraq with a Master’s or doctoral degree who are unemployed.


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Parties close to agreement on candidate for new Iraqi prime minister: source

Most of the Iraqi parties have agreed to nominate Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani as a candidate for prime minister, a source said on Saturday (December 14).


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Sadr decides to close movement’s institutions for year: office

Iraqi Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr has decided to close institutions associated with his political movement for a year, Sadr’s office said on Friday (December 13).


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UN Security Council calls for 'transparent investigations' into violence against Iraqi protesters

The UN Security Council has expressed its “grave concern” at human rights violations committed against Iraqis participating in the ongoing anti-government demonstrations, including the killing, maimin


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Amnesty International calls on Iraqi government to end 'campaign of terror' targeting activists

Amnesty International condemned on Friday (December 13) the deliberate killings and abductions of civil society activists in Iraq and called on the government to take action to prevent violations of h


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Iraq's top Shia cleric condemns killings, kidnappings of protesters: representative

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday (December 13) condemned recent killings and kidnappings of protesters, urging the state to assert control over the widespread use of wea


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Suicide bomber kills 7 Iraqi paramilitary fighters: military

A suicide bomber blew himself up killing at least seven fighters from an Iraqi paramilitary group near the city of Samarra north of Baghdad on Thursday (December 12), the military said in a statement.


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Protesters condemn killings in Baghdad’s Wathba Square that leave six dead

Following a grisly incident in Baghdad, protesters have condemned what they characterized as an attempt to discredit peaceful demonstrations against the government.


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Two protest organizers go missing in Baghdad, activists urge release

Two protest organizers went missing on Wednesday in Baghdad, just a day after an activist was killed in the Iraqi capital.


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Two rockets fell near Baghdad airport, no casualties: statement

Two Katyusha rockets landed near the “outside perimeter” of Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday (December 11), a statement from the military said.


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UNAMI finds ‘serious human rights violations’ continue against Iraq protesters

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has released an updated report on human rights violations during the protests in central and southern Iraq, which found a pattern of excessive fo


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Iraqi activist abducted, murdered in Baghdad: reports

A prominent activist was killed in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday night (December 10) as he left the protests to go home, Iraqi media has reported.


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2020 budget deficit estimated at 48 trillion Iraqi dinars: MP

An Iraqi lawmaker said on Tuesday (December 10) that the federal budget deficit for 2020 is estimated to be 48 trillion Iraqi dinars ($40.3 billion).


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